Where To Buy Windows 10? Which Version Should You Buy?

If you are interested in Windows 10, you will want to know how to get Windows 10. Can you get it for free? How? If you can't, then where can you buy Windows 10 and how much will it cost you? Also, which edition of Windows 10 should you buy? The answers to these questions are not that obvious and you will need to do a bit of research in order to answer them. We decided to make things simpler for you and do the research for you, so don't hesitate to read this article:

First Of All, You May Not Need To Buy Windows 10. You Could Get It For Free!

From July 29th 2015 to July 29th 2016, you might not need to buy a copy of Windows 10. If you have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you can upgrade for free to Windows 10.

You can upgrade to Windows 10 Home if you have Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 8.1 with Bing or Windows 8.1.

You can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro if you have Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro.

You can also buy a new device that comes with Windows 8.1 preinstalled and get a free upgrade to Windows 10, or you can buy a device that comes with Windows 10 preinstalled.

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Where To Buy Windows 10? How Much Does It Cost?

The official prices set by Microsoft in their Microsoft Stores in the USA and the UK are the following:

  • $119.99 or £99.99 for Windows 10 Home
  • $199.99 or £189.99 for Windows 10 Pro


Obviously, you can purchase Windows 10 from other places too and sometimes you might get slightly better prices. For instance, here's what you can find on Amazon.com:

On Amazon.co.uk you will find the following offers:

  • Windows Home 10 sold at £99.99. You can buy a USB flash drive with Windows 10 Home or only the product key and then download the Windows 10 Home setup files from Microsoft.
  • Windows Pro 10 sold at £171.58 (cheaper than in Microsoft Stores). You can buy a USB Flash Drive with Windows 10 Pro or only the product key and then download the Windows 10 Pro setup files Microsoft.

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Which Version Of Windows 10 Should You Buy?

First of all, we recommend that you go for 64-bit versions of Windows 10 and not for 32-bit versions. This is for many reasons, including improved security and the ability to work with more RAM memory. Couple this with the fact that more and more apps will be upgraded to 64-bit and the choice is clear.

The next question is: should you buy the cheaper OEM versions or not? The answer is Yes only if you are sure that you will use Windows 10 on the same PC or device for many years to come. If you are likely to upgrade your PC soon or buy a new one, then OEM versions might not be a great idea.

The last question is: should you buy Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro? If you are are home user, then Windows 10 Home should be good enough for your needs. The extras included in Windows 10 Pro are the following: BitLocker encryption, Hyper-V for using virtual machines, the ability to join Active Directories, the ability to defer upgrades and more. For a more detailed comparison of the features included in Windows 10 Home vs. Windows 10 Pro, read this chart from Wikipedia. Windows 10 Pro is a good idea if you are a technical person who actually uses the additional features that are included. Otherwise Windows 10 Home is affordable and it works great for most people.

Conclusion

As you can see, you have many options for getting Windows 10 on your computers and devices and you may not even need to pay for a license, if you have a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you do need to buy a license, hopefully this guide has managed to give you the advice you need to buy the right version for you. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to use the comments form below.

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About the Author: Ciprian Adrian Rusen
I love technology and I work in IT for more than a decade. I am the co-founder of Digital Citizen and its chief editor. Alongside my work as an editor, I am also an author. I have written and published 7 books, most of them about Microsoft products and technologies. They are translated into more than 12 languages. In 2014, I have been recognized by Microsoft for my technical expertise and involvement in the community with the title of Microsoft MVP - Windows Consumer Expert.